At least two people have died including one student and an adult chaperone after a horrific school bus crash in New Jersey.
The incident happened at around 10.22am on I-80 Thursday morning near Mount Olive Township. One adult and one student are being reported dead by NBC and there are many more people injured.
The impact was so severe, the top half of the bus completely tore away from its chassis and went hurtling into the metal barriers on the side of the highway with students inside.
The victims have been taken to at least two different hospitals. 20 ambulances rushed to the scene after the first calls came in.
The bus belongs to East Brook Middle School in Paramus and was one of three which were taking children to Waterloo Village in Stanhope for a school trip.
The other two vehicles arrived safely at the historic site but, when teachers learned of the accident, made their way back to the school after 10 minutes. The children were told at the time that they had to turn back because of a storm. They only learned of the accident involving their classmates once they were back at the school.
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This was the scene on I-80 near Mount Olive Township in New Jersey on Thursday morning after a bus carrying 5th graders on a school trip crashed into a dump truck. One adult chaperone and one child died and many more were injured
The bus came entirely off its chassis as a result of the impact. It went hurtling into the metal barriers on the side of the highway afterwards
The mangled wreck of the bus on Thursday morning. It remains unclear how many children were on board at the time
A view from an overpass shows the bus crashed through the barrier on the side of the highway and flipped on to its side. At least one person died in the accident and several others are injured. The impact was so severe, the bus's chassis tore away entirely
One adult chaperone and one child died in the accident. The extent of the injuries of other victims remains unclear but several children were transported to hospital
Photographs from the crash show children sitting by the side of the road, hugging one another after escaping from the wreckage
Fire fighters were seen working on one side of the bus around an hour after the crash. It is not known if anyone is trapped inside or not. The top half tore away from the chassis and went hurtling into the metal barrier on the side of the highway
This is the mangled dump truck which was also involved in the accident. The condition of its driver is not known
Photographs from the crash show children sitting by the side of the road, hugging one another after escaping from the wreckage.
It remains unclear how the crash came about. The bus is from East Brook Middle School in Paramus, New Jersey, ABC reports.
According to the school's calendar, a Grade 5 day trip to Waterloo Village in Stanhope was scheduled for today. Grade 5 children are aged between 10 and 11.
Mount Olive police said it was responding to the incident but would not give further details.
'Crash investigation on Route 80 by mile marker 25.
'Route 80 closed both directions. Westbound traffic being diverted at exit 26.
'Expect heavy traffic and delays on Route 46,' it said. The mayor described the scene as 'horrific'.
At least two of the victims have been sent to St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson.
Several others are being taken to Hackettstown Medical Center.
The crash shut traffic in both directions. It remains unclear what the condition of both drivers is.
The accident happened on Interstate 80 near Exit 25 in Mount Olive Township. The children are believed to have been on their way to Stanhope on a school trip
This was the view of the accident from one of the many cars sitting in backed up traffic
Police say the bus belongs to East Brook Middle School in Paramus, New Jersey